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Somalia aid threatened

Lutheran-related Norwegian Church Aid and the Danish Refugee Council were among 16 humanitarian agencies banned from southern Somalia at the end of 2011 by the radical Islamic group Al-Shabab.

It accused the agencies of working against the Islamic penal system. The ban could affect 160,000 malnourished children and others recovering from famine, the agencies said.

Meanwhile, Al-Shabab militants reportedly bombed a Pentecostal church 60 miles from the Lutheran World Federation-managed refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya.

The camps are home to more than 460,000 people, mostly Somalis.


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